Getting 'receive.denyCurrentBranch' error when pushing to bare Git repo

Have a remote git bare repo that onto which I’ve pushed a branch from one machine, and pulled to another machine.

Made some changes on the other machine, trying to push those changes back to the remote bare repo, and I get the ‘receive.denyCurrentBranch’ error.

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  • What’s going on?

    This isn’t supposed to happen on a bare repo – there’s nothing checked out on it.

    The branches as seen from machine 2 are:

    remotes/origin/HEAD -> origin/dev1

    ‘Fix’ is the current branch on both dev machines.

    When I originally pulled that branch on machine 2, I did:

    git pull
    git checkout -b Fix origin/Fix

    I’m suspicious of the first ‘remotes’ line – seems that the HEAD should be pointing to my current branch, but it isn’t. Think I’m missing something, here..

    Update 1
    I merged the ‘Fix’ branch down to the dev1 branch, and then pushd the ‘dev1’ branch – that worked ok (I was about to do that, anyway).

    So, that was a workaround, but I think the real problem was that the HEAD wasn’t tied to the current branch (‘Fix’), but to an inactive branch (‘dev1’). I’m not sure how to change the head on the remote repo?

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  • One Solution collect form web for “Getting 'receive.denyCurrentBranch' error when pushing to bare Git repo”

    From the Machine 2, to upload refs from local repository to remote repository you can use explicit refs in the push command:

    git push origin Fix:refs/heads/Fix

    After that, in the Machine 1, you should use the fetch command to obtain the remote refs

    git fetch

    In the list of branches (git branch -a), you will found origin/Fix (or remotes/origin/Fix), you can browser the content of the remote branch directly by using the checkout command:

    git checkout origin/Fix

    Make your changes, commit, etc… and then push it using the same command used in machine 2:

    git push origin Fix:refs/heads/Fix

    To track the branch (this is, create a local branch that “points” the remote branch, use the checkout command with –track option):

    git checkout --track -b Fix origin/Fix

    Then, you can work on local branch Fix and do push and pull without other arguments

    git pull
    git commit
    git push
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